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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What Are You Willing To Fight For?

That seems a central question for any group, but especially political parties.

For the past few years, the GOP has been willing to shut down the government in order to deny millions of Americans health insurance.

Now they are considering shutting down the government in order to allow coal plants to keep polluting.

If they truly believe that these regulations are "job killing" "economy destroying" monsters, then shouldn't they allow them to go into effect and then run against them?  Or maybe they are afraid that these regulations WON'T kill jobs.  That in fact they will only hurt the bottom line of Koch and Massie industries.  That maybe - like Obamacare - it won't be as awful as they say.

Global warming is real.  It is measurable.  And we are at least a major contributing factor, if not the sole contributing factor.  And generally speaking, polluting is a shitty thing to do.

And yet this is the new hill the GOP wants to die on.

Is it any wonder that Millennials - who will have to live with the consequences of global warming - are abandoning the GOP?

This is yet another example of the perversity of the Fox News Bubble that insulates conservatives from scientific reality.

I hope the Democrats turn this on the GOP.

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